Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has been given plenty to smile about – but he has warned his stars not to get complacent ahead of their clash with Manchester United.
The Blues put in an impressive display as Olivier Giroud’s overhead kick handed them a 1-0 win over Atletico Madrid in their Champions League last-16 first leg.
They will return to Premier League action at Stamford Bridge having gone eight games unbeaten so far under their new manager.
But Tuchel says they “cannot get comfortable or get lazy” ahead of a crucial four-game stretch in their top four ambitions.
The German was delighted with his side after they took a deserved win over Diego Simeone to seize the upper hand in their tie.
“Fantastic result, fantastic goal. Well deserved,” he told BT Sport.
“We wanted to dominate in the opponents’ half, to never lose concentration, not to do any easy mistakes and always be aware of quick counter-attacks for all their quality.
“It was a very disciplined performance – a deserved shut-out. This is the hard work, a team effort – the basis for a big win.
“We knew it [Atletico packing their defence] could happen. We told the guys if it happens maybe it’s our quality and the respect. We wanted to be brave and play in their half.
“We knew they were ready to suffer with eight people in the box. The intention was to keep the intensity high. This is what we did very good. We never let them breathe or come out for counter-attacks. We have a big reward with this result.
“This is one of the toughest challenges to open a defence like Atletico.”